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Campus Vision 2050 will be developed through comprehensive engagement with the campus community and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and informed by existing UBC policy, principles, future space needs and societal imperatives. The process also incorporates feedback from focus groups held as part of the pre-planning work that concluded in December 2021.

Community input and feedback will be used to help envision the future we want to see for the campus and assess trade-offs and choices for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the complexity of interests, needs and aspirations.

Each phase of the process will build on and adapt to what is learned through engagement and technical analysis.

Existing university policies, critical university needs, and direction from the Board of Governors will provide a framework, and the engagement process will be highly responsive to emerging issues and ideas.


Campus Vision 2050 timeline

Key phases include:
This phase focused on refining the preliminary needs and aspirations; identifying areas of consensus and difference; developing guiding principles and strategies; and defining growth assumptions and space needs to be explored through the rest of the planning process. These outcomes are reflected in the final Terms of Reference.

This phase will focus on the development of a 30-Year Vision and Land Use Plan update. It will explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against guiding principles, strategies and qualitative and quantitative criteria for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus. Following the 30-Year Vision will be a public hearing and submission to the provincial government for adoption of amendments to the Land Use Plan required to achieve the 30-Year Vision.

The 10-Year Campus Plan will focus primarily on academic lands and guide how academic facilities, student housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision. It will also include high-level guidance on the interface between future neighbourhood development and academic lands and inform the creation of detailed neighbourhood plans to be completed through separate and/or parallel planning processes.
Student Housing supports student wellbeing and delivers housing choice including traditional dormitories, shared suites, studio units, and family housing.

Opportunity to do more: Explore building and financing at least 3,300 new beds above the current total of 14,000.
The 30-Year Vision and Land Use Plan will identify the location, amount and timing of future neighbourhood development. The development of detailed Neighbourhood Plans will be initiated in collaboration with UBC Properties Trust following approval of the Land Use Plan and may occur in parallel with the 10-Year Campus Plan.

Decorative image.UBC suffers from limited connectivity with the broader region—socially, economically and ecologically—and getting to, from and around the 400-hectare campus can be difficult for many. Campus Vision 2050 must improve connections within campus and to the broader region.

Strategies:

  • Plan for SkyTrain, including enabling academic growth, housing options and research and community partnerships.
  • Prioritize the use of active and sustainable transportation modes on campus, and respond to future mobility trends.
  • Create a safe and comfortable transportation network that is easy to navigate.
  • Enhance ecological connectivity and the role the campus can play in achieving healthy and resilient natural systems that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Coordinate with academic planning at UBC sites across the region to use land efficiently and serve the academic mission.
  • Coordinate planning of future UBC neighbourhoods and amenities with Musqueam and other regional jurisdictions.

Decorative image.The campus lands provide the space for world-class teaching and research facilities and thriving, complete, and livable neighbourhoods. They also support the community today and for generations to come through residential development that funds academic excellence, infrastructure and amenities, and affordable housing for faculty, staff and students. Campus Vision 2050 must ensure the campus lands continue to serve these purposes, while also providing livable and sustainable communities that continue to make UBC an exceptional place to teach, learn, live, work and play.

Strategies:

  • Explore responsible residential housing development to fund academic excellence, affordable faculty, staff and student housing, infrastructure and amenities, and a potential financial contribution towards the SkyTrain extension.
  • Follow the Musqueam practice of long-term care by balancing what one takes from and gives back to the land.
  • Optimize sustainability and livability in supporting a compact, livable and integrated campus.

What we are working towards

Campus Vision 2050 will result in:

  • 30-Year Campus Vision: a high-level, long-term description of the campus along with a series of conceptual plans and diagrams. It will address areas such as land uses, transportation, open space and ecological relationships and connections, where, when and generally how much development there will be, places where there will be no development, and the general look and feel of the campus. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus.
  • Updated Land Use Plan: covers the entire campus, including academic and neighbourhood housing areas,* and establishes the long-term direction for land use on campus, including policies for building heights, neighbourhood densities, and open space amounts.
  • 10-Year Campus Plan: will guide how academic facilities, housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision.

*Before a neighbourhood area can be built, a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared that details the layout and development program, following the policies set out in the Land Use Plan.


You can find more information about land use planning at UBC here (links to the Campus + Community planning website).


What Campus Vision 2050 will include

Campus Vision 2050 will focus on the physical development of the Vancouver campus, both academic and neighbourhood lands and result in updates to UBCs Land Use Plan and a new 10-Year Campus Plan. It will include:

  • Overall spatial layout of the campus, including the relationships between land use, development and the ecological, social, and physical connectivity requirements for a healthy thriving community of the future.
  • Defining areas of growth and no growth.
  • Exploration of academic and neighbourhood development and density ranges, and corresponding proportions of services, amenities and open space.
  • Changes to existing land use policies will be considered including: land use categories and boundaries and future neighbourhood development amounts and building heights.
  • Areas of opportunity within existing neighbourhoods or precincts will also be reviewed in the context of the future needs.
  • Coordination with broader planning that is considering how UBC’s physical presence in Metro Vancouver will evolve, including at UBC Robson Square, UBC Learning Exchange, Great Northern Way Campus, and other existing and potential sites across the region, including Surrey.
  • Quick start projects that can demonstrate action on immediate campus needs.


Planning approach

Campus Vision 2050 will ensure the future direction for the campus builds on what makes UBC a special place and enhances the livability and character of the campus within its unique context.

It will address the complexity of needs and aspirations through a whole systems approach that considers the social, ecological, cultural and financial dimensions of the plan holistically, to create a net-positive benefit for the campus, including sustainable growth of the endowment.

To do so, Campus Vision 2050 will:

  • explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against qualitative and quantitative measures for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land, including:
    1. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous community values, land use efficiency, campus character and livability, urban design, open space, social and community wellbeing, climate, natural systems health; and
    2. the financial viability of different neighbourhood development scenarios, including the ability to support affordable housing for the UBC community and the broader region and future contributions to other university priorities such as UBC’s Endowment Fund and a potential financial contribution to bring SkyTrain to UBC;
  • employ methods, processes and approaches that specifically seek out the best relationships and proportions among all the parts so the campus community and ecology thrive as an integrated whole; and
  • support the development of planning options with technical and design analysis and metrics, leading urban design and sustainable community planning research, and promising practices review.

Guiding principles and criteria, technical and design analysis, and community input and feedback will assist in generating and assessing a range of options for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the needs and aspirations.

The process will strive to maximize synergies and co-benefits in order to meet as many of the institutional and collective needs and aspirations as possible. At the same time, full consensus on options may not be achievable and tradeoffs and choices will likely be required.


Governance

The Board of Governors has decision making authority for the planning process, with the province responsible for adoption of any Land Use Plan amendments. An Advisory Committee on Campus Vision 2050 and Rapid Transit will provide advice to the Board of Governors throughout the process given the integrated nature of transportation and land use planning and the close dependencies between these two strategic initiatives. The process will also closely align with the Musqueam Relationship Agreement work underway, and include the co-development of a unique UBC-Musqueam engagement approach.

The UBC Executive will provide Campus + Community Planning with input and guidance through the process, along with a Community Advisory Committee, reflecting the interest of the UBC community and Musqueam, and technical level advisory committees to coordinate across the administration and with external agencies.

Academic engagement, in addition to the range of community engagement activities and events, will include input and advice from the Provost’s Office, the Committee of Deans, the Senate Academic Building Needs Committee, the UBC Planning and Property Advisory Committee as well as direct engagement with departments across the institution.

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) will be engaged as an advisory body to the Board on matters that directly impact the experience of those living in the university neighbourhoods.

UBC Properties Trust will be engaged throughout the process in the role as master developer of UBC’s neighbourhoods and developer and manager of UBC-affiliated housing in the neighbourhoods. This includes providing UBC with advice on the financial considerations of different options for future residential development.

You can learn more about the governance of Campus Vision 2050 by accessing the Final Terms of Reference (Link opens a pdf).

Governance structure behind Campus Vision 2050.

Campus Vision 2050 will be developed through comprehensive engagement with the campus community and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and informed by existing UBC policy, principles, future space needs and societal imperatives. The process also incorporates feedback from focus groups held as part of the pre-planning work that concluded in December 2021.

Community input and feedback will be used to help envision the future we want to see for the campus and assess trade-offs and choices for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the complexity of interests, needs and aspirations.

Each phase of the process will build on and adapt to what is learned through engagement and technical analysis.

Existing university policies, critical university needs, and direction from the Board of Governors will provide a framework, and the engagement process will be highly responsive to emerging issues and ideas.


Campus Vision 2050 timeline

Key phases include:
This phase focused on refining the preliminary needs and aspirations; identifying areas of consensus and difference; developing guiding principles and strategies; and defining growth assumptions and space needs to be explored through the rest of the planning process. These outcomes are reflected in the final Terms of Reference.

This phase will focus on the development of a 30-Year Vision and Land Use Plan update. It will explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against guiding principles, strategies and qualitative and quantitative criteria for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus. Following the 30-Year Vision will be a public hearing and submission to the provincial government for adoption of amendments to the Land Use Plan required to achieve the 30-Year Vision.

The 10-Year Campus Plan will focus primarily on academic lands and guide how academic facilities, student housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision. It will also include high-level guidance on the interface between future neighbourhood development and academic lands and inform the creation of detailed neighbourhood plans to be completed through separate and/or parallel planning processes.
Student Housing supports student wellbeing and delivers housing choice including traditional dormitories, shared suites, studio units, and family housing.

Opportunity to do more: Explore building and financing at least 3,300 new beds above the current total of 14,000.
The 30-Year Vision and Land Use Plan will identify the location, amount and timing of future neighbourhood development. The development of detailed Neighbourhood Plans will be initiated in collaboration with UBC Properties Trust following approval of the Land Use Plan and may occur in parallel with the 10-Year Campus Plan.

Decorative image.UBC suffers from limited connectivity with the broader region—socially, economically and ecologically—and getting to, from and around the 400-hectare campus can be difficult for many. Campus Vision 2050 must improve connections within campus and to the broader region.

Strategies:

  • Plan for SkyTrain, including enabling academic growth, housing options and research and community partnerships.
  • Prioritize the use of active and sustainable transportation modes on campus, and respond to future mobility trends.
  • Create a safe and comfortable transportation network that is easy to navigate.
  • Enhance ecological connectivity and the role the campus can play in achieving healthy and resilient natural systems that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Coordinate with academic planning at UBC sites across the region to use land efficiently and serve the academic mission.
  • Coordinate planning of future UBC neighbourhoods and amenities with Musqueam and other regional jurisdictions.

Decorative image.The campus lands provide the space for world-class teaching and research facilities and thriving, complete, and livable neighbourhoods. They also support the community today and for generations to come through residential development that funds academic excellence, infrastructure and amenities, and affordable housing for faculty, staff and students. Campus Vision 2050 must ensure the campus lands continue to serve these purposes, while also providing livable and sustainable communities that continue to make UBC an exceptional place to teach, learn, live, work and play.

Strategies:

  • Explore responsible residential housing development to fund academic excellence, affordable faculty, staff and student housing, infrastructure and amenities, and a potential financial contribution towards the SkyTrain extension.
  • Follow the Musqueam practice of long-term care by balancing what one takes from and gives back to the land.
  • Optimize sustainability and livability in supporting a compact, livable and integrated campus.

What we are working towards

Campus Vision 2050 will result in:

  • 30-Year Campus Vision: a high-level, long-term description of the campus along with a series of conceptual plans and diagrams. It will address areas such as land uses, transportation, open space and ecological relationships and connections, where, when and generally how much development there will be, places where there will be no development, and the general look and feel of the campus. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus.
  • Updated Land Use Plan: covers the entire campus, including academic and neighbourhood housing areas,* and establishes the long-term direction for land use on campus, including policies for building heights, neighbourhood densities, and open space amounts.
  • 10-Year Campus Plan: will guide how academic facilities, housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision.

*Before a neighbourhood area can be built, a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared that details the layout and development program, following the policies set out in the Land Use Plan.


You can find more information about land use planning at UBC here (links to the Campus + Community planning website).


What Campus Vision 2050 will include

Campus Vision 2050 will focus on the physical development of the Vancouver campus, both academic and neighbourhood lands and result in updates to UBCs Land Use Plan and a new 10-Year Campus Plan. It will include:

  • Overall spatial layout of the campus, including the relationships between land use, development and the ecological, social, and physical connectivity requirements for a healthy thriving community of the future.
  • Defining areas of growth and no growth.
  • Exploration of academic and neighbourhood development and density ranges, and corresponding proportions of services, amenities and open space.
  • Changes to existing land use policies will be considered including: land use categories and boundaries and future neighbourhood development amounts and building heights.
  • Areas of opportunity within existing neighbourhoods or precincts will also be reviewed in the context of the future needs.
  • Coordination with broader planning that is considering how UBC’s physical presence in Metro Vancouver will evolve, including at UBC Robson Square, UBC Learning Exchange, Great Northern Way Campus, and other existing and potential sites across the region, including Surrey.
  • Quick start projects that can demonstrate action on immediate campus needs.


Planning approach

Campus Vision 2050 will ensure the future direction for the campus builds on what makes UBC a special place and enhances the livability and character of the campus within its unique context.

It will address the complexity of needs and aspirations through a whole systems approach that considers the social, ecological, cultural and financial dimensions of the plan holistically, to create a net-positive benefit for the campus, including sustainable growth of the endowment.

To do so, Campus Vision 2050 will:

  • explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against qualitative and quantitative measures for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land, including:
    1. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous community values, land use efficiency, campus character and livability, urban design, open space, social and community wellbeing, climate, natural systems health; and
    2. the financial viability of different neighbourhood development scenarios, including the ability to support affordable housing for the UBC community and the broader region and future contributions to other university priorities such as UBC’s Endowment Fund and a potential financial contribution to bring SkyTrain to UBC;
  • employ methods, processes and approaches that specifically seek out the best relationships and proportions among all the parts so the campus community and ecology thrive as an integrated whole; and
  • support the development of planning options with technical and design analysis and metrics, leading urban design and sustainable community planning research, and promising practices review.

Guiding principles and criteria, technical and design analysis, and community input and feedback will assist in generating and assessing a range of options for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the needs and aspirations.

The process will strive to maximize synergies and co-benefits in order to meet as many of the institutional and collective needs and aspirations as possible. At the same time, full consensus on options may not be achievable and tradeoffs and choices will likely be required.


Governance

The Board of Governors has decision making authority for the planning process, with the province responsible for adoption of any Land Use Plan amendments. An Advisory Committee on Campus Vision 2050 and Rapid Transit will provide advice to the Board of Governors throughout the process given the integrated nature of transportation and land use planning and the close dependencies between these two strategic initiatives. The process will also closely align with the Musqueam Relationship Agreement work underway, and include the co-development of a unique UBC-Musqueam engagement approach.

The UBC Executive will provide Campus + Community Planning with input and guidance through the process, along with a Community Advisory Committee, reflecting the interest of the UBC community and Musqueam, and technical level advisory committees to coordinate across the administration and with external agencies.

Academic engagement, in addition to the range of community engagement activities and events, will include input and advice from the Provost’s Office, the Committee of Deans, the Senate Academic Building Needs Committee, the UBC Planning and Property Advisory Committee as well as direct engagement with departments across the institution.

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) will be engaged as an advisory body to the Board on matters that directly impact the experience of those living in the university neighbourhoods.

UBC Properties Trust will be engaged throughout the process in the role as master developer of UBC’s neighbourhoods and developer and manager of UBC-affiliated housing in the neighbourhoods. This includes providing UBC with advice on the financial considerations of different options for future residential development.

You can learn more about the governance of Campus Vision 2050 by accessing the Final Terms of Reference (Link opens a pdf).

Governance structure behind Campus Vision 2050.

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